I’m on a sugar detox and I decided to do some research on what is good about sugar (I’m talking white, refined sugar used in so many treats & coffee & other areas of life – not natural sugars in fruit and other whole foods)
So here’s what I found in a quick google search on the harmful effects of white sugar:
http://wellnessmama.com/15/harmful-effects-of-sugars/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristin-kirkpatrick-ms-rd-ld/dangers-of-sugar_b_3658061.html http://authoritynutrition.com/10-disturbing-reasons-why-sugar-is-bad/ http://rense.com/general45/sguar.htm http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/health-effects-of-sugar http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/20/sugar-dangers.aspx http://www.oprah.com/health/Health-Risks-of-Sugar-Robert-Lustig-Interview_1 http://www.naturalnews.com/022692_sugar_xylitol_stevia.html# http://nancyappleton.com/141-reasons-sugar-ruins-your-health/ http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2013/06/17/everything-you-need-to-know-about-sugar/
That’s the first 10 of about 6,860,000 results.
There’s a LOT of information (some of it repeats) about why sugar is bad for you.
So I did the same search – only looking for the health benefits:
There were a couple websites that touted the health benefits of sugar… but considering they were sugar based websites (http://www.sugarhistory.net/sugar-facts/health-benefits-of-sugar/) I don’t know how much I’m likely to believe what they have to say. ESPECIALLY considering how much overwhelming evidence and information there is that contradict them.
One thing I know without a doubt: sugar is addictive. Sugar makes my brain crawl when I deprive myself of it. Sugar makes me cranky and sluggish and bloated and I feel like crap when I eat it, and then when I’m craving it.
So for the next 7 days. One. simple. week. I will not eat any refined white sugar or the foods that require it as an ingredient. The only sugar I will add to my diet is 2 teaspoons (measured) of coconut sugar to my morning coffee.
This is my own personal sugar challenge that I invite y’all to join me in. One week. No white, refined sugar. No sugary treats. Who’s in?